The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) serves all 56 states and territories and provides no cost support to state, local, and tribal emergency responders and government officials through the development and delivery of training, tools, and onsite assistance to advance public safety interoperable communications capabilities.
CISA is pleased to publish the FY2020 Emergency Communications Technical Assistance (TA) / Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP) Planning Guide. This year’s Guide includes a number of new or enhanced offerings to help public safety and government officials meet the challenges in the rapidly changing ecosystem of voice and data interoperable communications.
The release of this Guide also coincides with the release of the 2019 update to the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP). The 2019 NECP puts forth a vision for strengthening and enhancing emergency communications capabilities nationwide and a strategic plan for driving towards interoperability in this evolving emergency communications ecosystem. The NECP establishes six strategic goals focused on the following: Governance and Leadership; Planning and Procedures; Training, Exercises, and Evaluation; Communications Coordination; Technology and Infrastructure; and Cybersecurity.
During FY2020, CISA will continue to expand and, if needed, customize service offerings with a focus on supporting states and territories to address the following:
- Coordinated statewide governance (e.g. State Mapping Tool, Interoperable Communications Reference Guides, etc.)
- Comprehensive emergency communications planning (e.g. SCIPs, Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan [TICPs], and Field Operations Guides [FOGs])
- Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) planning and implementation
- Data operability and interoperability
- Alerts and warnings
- Broadband deployment
- Cybersecurity education and awareness
- Communications unit planning and procedures